By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29
Slut is such a nasty word. In our view, "sluts" are just fun people who like sex and sometimes have a lot of it - but humanity has instead decided that they are evil monsters/easy targets for Satanic possession. Now, we've never believed the hype, and are firmly against slut-shaming of any kind. Science, however, thinks we still have a long way to go.
According to a study of the attitudes of 751 college students published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, women viewed other early-twenties women with more than 20 sexual partners as unsuitable for friendship. The same standard did not apply to men with the same number of partners, who were seen as having accomplished something positive. The results also suggested that men viewed these "slutty" women as unsuitable for long-term romantic partnerships.
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"The effect is that these women are really isolated," said the study's lead author, Zhana
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.We've all encountered cancer in some way: Whether we've lost a loved one or have battled it ourselves, the big C looms all around us. And, sometimes it feels like the media loves to capitalize on our fear - hardly a week goes by without the news telling us about part of our daily routine that might be slowly be killing us. Between the media constantly hyping cancer scares and the reality of so many people in our lives actually facing cancer, it's getting increasingly more difficult to have perspective on what should realistically concern us.
So, to find out more about the current buzzy cancer scares, we caught up with some experts to separate the facts from the fiction. Read on to peek behind the curtain of three cancer scares - this is need-to-know stuff.
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By now, we've all heard about Michael Douglas blaming his throat cancer on cunnilingus. We love safe sex, and think the more it's discussed, the better, but
- Refinery29 | Shine Food – Fri, Jun 7, 2013 2:24 PM EDT
By Lexi Nisita & Kelsey Miller, Refinery29
Happy National Doughnut Day! Is there anything more wonderful than a doughnut? It's every gluttonous vice combined into one - fried things, sugary things, sprinkle-y things, things that you just cannot stop eating. And from the most sinfully delicious Krispy Kremes to the fancy, Williamsburg-born concoctions we've seen pop up in recent years, much like God's children, each doughnut is beautiful and unique.
But then the cronut came along, and changed everything. All this madness got us thinking - how did it all begin? And how on Earth did we end up in this crazy situation where people will pay $40 for a combined croissant-doughnut miracle? Join us, friends, on a sugary ride through the history of doughnuts. It's more illuminating than you might think.
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By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29Read More »from Will This New Beauty Trend Leave You with Egg on Your Face?
.Sure, Regina George's boyfriend might have enjoyed the peppermint smell on her face when she unknowingly used foot cream as moisturizer, but would you intentionally opt for a dessert-inspired spa treatment? At the Macdonald Manchester Hotel, that's an option, as guests can now avail themselves of the Manchester Custard Facial. Yes, custard.
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Using custard, coconut, and cherries, the facial is inspired by the Manchester Tart, which is traditionally baked with a shortcut pastry shell and filled with jam and custard, then topped with coconut and a maraschino cherry. Definitely something we've seen at family gatherings, but to eat rather than place all around one's face (table manners, people).
According to the spa, the ingredients work wonders on your skin: The custard's got vitamins A and C, while the coconut moisturizes and the cherry dissolves dead skin cells. The service, will be available next month,
By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29Read More »from Cronuts Hit the Black Market, Get a New Flavor
.Scalpers, trademark infringement, and back-alley trading: it's your weekly cronut update. Ever sincethe crunchy confection hit NYC last month, the city has been on an ever-growing sugar high, and it's only getting crazier.
First, entrepreneurs started hawking their services on Craigslist, waiting in line and delivering cronuts for up to 40 bucks a pop. Then, a new flavor (maple-lemon glaze) arrived and the lines got even longer. What usually happens when a high-end item becomes a national trend? The knock-offs come next.
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All over the world, bakeries have begun to roll out their own not-exactly-cronuts to feed the curious masses: From the "doissant" in Washington, D.C.'s Chocolate Crust bakery, to the MoVida Bakery in Melbourne, Australia (they're still deciding between "croisnut" and "crodough.") Though Dominique Ansel wisely trademarked the original moniker, he's fine with imitators taking a whack at
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Wed, Jun 5, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29Read More »from Kohlrabi: The New Superfood You're About to See Everywhere
.You've got kale, spinach, and collard greens down, no? Well, time to add another super-veggie into the healthy-eating mix. Enter: kohlrabi.
"Kohlrabi is a vegetable that is part of the mustard family (aka brassicaceae), whose ancestors are wild cabbage and wild turnips," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D. and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic's Center for Lifestyle Medicine. According to Kirkpatrick, it looks similar to a turnip -a round-sized bulb with a stem and large, edible leaves. "The stem may have purple, white, or green skin but the flesh is white," she says.
Now that you know how to find it at the supermarket, you're probably wondering what exactly makes this unassuming veggie so beneficial. First, it's high in potassium. The reason that's a big deal? "Increased potassium intake & decreased sodium is associated with reduced blood pressure levels and increased bone mineral density," explains Kirkpatrick. "And even a moderate deficiency in
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By Leila Brillson, Refinery29Read More »from Michael Bloomberg Explains Why He Endorses Gay Marriage
.New York City's Michael Bloomberg has some pretty moving words for London politicians, especially since he has so strongly backed his constituents' embrace of gay marriage. According to NYC's mayor, as long as government maintains the responsibility of administering marriage licenses, there ought to be equal treatment. Stating that he understands the concerns that the current Parliament might be dealing with - fear of loss of religious freedoms or whether or not "civil union status" is enough for same-sex couples, he straightforwardly argues, "In the end, a majority of our legislators agreed that civil unions would relegate same-sex couples to second-class status - and that in approving marriage licenses, government should not discriminate between sexes."
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His honest and revealing essay published in the Guardian frankly addresses concerns of those people who might not be opposed to gay marriage for
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Wed, Jun 5, 2013 10:30 AM EDT
By Erika Stalder, Refinery29Read More »from Everything You Need to Know About the Juice Cleansing Craze
.The concept of consuming 20 pounds of body-cleansing fruits and veggies in a day can seem a both uplifting and daunting. On one hand, with that kind of fuel, who wouldn't feel like a bionic superhero, teeming with the energy to leap buildings (or at least roles - from parent to office champ to lover) in a single bound? But chewing through 20 pounds of veggies? Who's got the time?
That's where juice comes in. Cold-pressed juice companies such as BluePrint Cleanse, Pressed Juicery, and Red Carpet Cleanse are having a major moment, appealing to health-concious consumers and celebrities seeking good taste and convenience. They absorb the work of shopping for, cleaning and preparing organic veggies and fruits by blending concoctions crammed with good-for-you foods like spinach, kale, romaine, celery and lemon, to consume on the go.
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What's more, many of them deliver one, three- and five-day cleanses that claim
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 1:41 PM EDT
By Jada Wong, Refinery29Read More »from 2 in 5 Americans Less Likely to Buy "Made in Bangladesh"
Retailers and consumers are still feeling the heat more than a month after the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh that killed over 1,000 factory workers, but it looks like change is on the horizon. Not only are the fast-fashion companies pledging to provide support and looking into their respective processes to prevent future incidents, consumers are also taking labels more seriously. Well, it's about time, people.
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According to a study by Harris Interactive, a Rochester, New York-based research firm, two in five Americans who are aware of the Rana Plaza collapse are less likely to purchase clothes made in Bangladesh. From the pool of 2,052 American adults surveyed, 39 percent said they were less likely to buy items made in Bangladesh. However, a whopping 52 percent said the collapse had no effect on their shopping habits. It's slightly surprising that only 39 percent of those surveyed said
- Refinery29 | Beauty – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 1:19 PM EDT
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29
You can always count on a little edge from Vogue's artsy, forward-thinking Italian edition - and that's just what you'll get in this latest video shot by Steven Meisel, accompanying his cover shoot featuring the illustrious Gisele Bündchen
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Though we imagine her physical perfection comes more from winning the genetic lottery rather than a beauty salon, she can be seen here undergoing a flashy array of all the latest fancy beauty treatments, from a blood facial to the sketchy-sounding "cupping." And while we love a good mani/pedi, we have to say, some of this stuff looks less than comfy - though it makes for an awesome video.
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